Thursday, August 14, 2014


Have you been enjoying #sharkweek as much as we have?!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


On the news this week was an announcement that West Nile Virus has been found in mosquitoes in my city. Warnings and precautions have been given to stay away from these pests. I don't live too far from the lake so should I be nervous? We normally leave the door to the backyard open during the day when we are home for our dog and cats to be able to go in and out as they please.

I found a quick, simple solution to this problem--a magnetic screen door.
 Assembly/installation is SUPER easy. 
If you are more visual, then they have a YouTube installation video to watch.
It is attached with reinforced velcro along the entire top and sides of the frame so it won't fall down (there are even some nails you can tack in for extra support).
 The screen has the entire 83" height stacked with 26 powerful magnets. There are reinforced adjoining edges, so they'll never break or fall off. If you install it properly, you will have NO GAPS along the entire vertical closure. This means no bugs!
 This is our test run before we officially put it up.
Day-Z figured it out on her first try.
 The magnetic strip down the center allows people and pets to pass through
and then closes back up keeping the pests out. Hooray!
The iGotTech company is so great to stand behind their products 100%. If you think any part of this product is not up to par (and I'm telling you it is), they want to know. If you don't like it, you can return it for a FULL refund. Check this product out -- I promise you'll love it.

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Friday, August 8, 2014


Statistics show that the people who have the most birthdays live the longest.
Looks like I am getting smarter with age.
Happy birthday to me. I celebrate the entire month so it isn't too late to send chocolate, flowers, and gifts.*

*I'm kidding, but not really. Not enough people buy me things.

Saturday, August 2, 2014


My name is deanna and I am addicted to Alex and Ani bangles.
My wise friend Jessica told me, "It could be worse. You could be addicted to meth."
Thank you, Alex and Ani, for keeping me away from meth.

Sunday, July 27, 2014


The final day of our trip was full of:
more cousin time, 
a rainy drive to Monterey and Carmel
for some delicious lunch at the Hog's Breath Inn,
(most likely the only time I'll ever order a "Dirty Hairy" Burger at a restaurant), 
a drive through the city we used to live in*
 with a peek at our old house,
 and LOTS of driving.
Thank you for the fun, California, but it's time to go back to Utah.

*Some schools have mascots that are strong and can beat up other school's mascots. My school was not one of these...panda power!

Saturday, July 26, 2014


Last night, my mother and I could only find 1 hotel with a room for us to sleep in. Apparently, there was a big baseball game and kite festival in Berkeley that weekend.
 We left our fancy 1-star hotel
 to had lunch at Nation's Giant Hamburgers...and giant they were!
We still had a couple hours before the party for Aunt Helen today so we drove to Oakland to another one of my favorite places.
The flowers and palm trees on the grounds are gorgeous.

While it is sad that Aunt Helen passed, she did live 99 great years. She was a kind woman who had a love for travel, knowledge, service, and cats.
 During the celebration, my mother and I were able to visit with family members to look at photos and share stories.

I'm a Mormon kid. In my religion, we believe families are forever and even though some leave the earth, we will see each other again one day.

Friday, July 25, 2014


After a delicious pancake breakfast and a little more cousin time, the moms and I headed to San Francisco. This is my favorite city. Here is a little secret about me: when I travel to a new place, I usually have a list of 3 things I want to see, eat, or do and then everything else that happens there is a bonus. This is partly because I'm not a big planner. At the end of the day, if I have completed those 3 goals, I can check off seeing that city or country. San Francisco (and Philadelphia) are so interesting and have so many more things that I couldn't possible see in just 1 day.
Anyway, I won tickets to Ride the Ducks. It's a tour in a vehicle that travels on land and in water. I invited my friend Sean, who recently moved there, to join us.
 It was pretty touristy, but the driver was really fun. The tour starts and ends at Fisherman's Wharf and goes all over town, dipping in the bay where you can get a good view of the city skyline and Bay Bridge.
Sometimes having crabs is a good thing.
After the tour, we drove around to see the "Painted Ladies" which you might recognize from the Full House opening credits.
The actual house the Tanner family lived in has been painted purple. Have Mercy!
 A quick stop at Coit Tower
and then a walk around my favorite bridge - the Golden Gate Bridge.

Thursday, July 24, 2014


We were planning on going to Aunt Helen's 100th birthday party in Berkley, CA. Unfortunately, she passed 10 days before her birthday. My mother and I still hit the road to make it to a party in her memory. We drove to Reno and slept at the fabulous Circus Circus. They have rooms for $40 - incredible!
 We walked around the city in the morning and found a treat!
Raise your hand if you joined a senior citizen flash mob dance to Staying Alive this morning.
 After checking out of our room, we walked around the Midway Circus area and caught a few of the free shows they offer.
 There is a super cute show dog show
and a gravity-defying acrobat show.
After a quick stop for lunch at Jack-in-the-Box (don't judge me), we were on the road again.  
Our next stop was at the Penny Candy Store near Live Oak, CA. My parents used to take my brother's  and me here whenever we would visit my grandparents.
My mom gave me a whole dollar to spend just like the old days!
We made one final stop before going to my cousin's house to spend the night with family at the 99 cent only store. Back in the day, I bought a hair crimper here for 99 cents. Best deal ever.
Cousin time.

Saturday, July 19, 2014


I heard there was going to be a giant (like 1000 ft) slip & slide in downtown Salt Lake City.
So I grabbed my bathing suit, inflatable tube, and headed down.
Slide the city is traveling to various cities across the country. Check out to see if it is coming near you! I said a slide slide slippity slide.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Book-Shaped Cake Pan / GIVEAWAY

Do you or do you know someone who loves reading? Well, I have a product that might make an avid reader happy. It will allow them to read their book and eat it too!
You can now bring a favorite book or author to life with this this book-shaped cake pan and a bit of  creativity.  

This might be perfect for a birthday, book club meeting, read-a-thon, Dr. Seuss birthday name it! I'm totally singing the Reading Rainbow theme song right now (take a look, it's in a book...). I'm really not that old.*

This is my attempt at baking a book cake. I am not a professional cake decorator, so don't judge me.

Each book-shaped cake pan is approximately 16″ wide x 12″ tall x 2-1/2″ deep. It takes three cake mixes and includes some decorating instructions.

*I actually am that old.

The nice people at Gonereading are allowing me to give a $20 eGift Coupon Code for shopping at their site to ONE lucky reader. 
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.